The quest for a new striker on Tyneside continues apace today, as the Toon slide down the table it has become apparent that Alan Pardew really needs to use some of that £35million Carroll money to bring in a half decent striker.
Well today, I have the most ridiculous name yet to be linked with Newcastle. Please don’t take offense people of the North East, but do you really see Mario Gomez pulling on a black and white striped shirt next season….no, neither do I, but it would be fantastic if it happened!
Gomez began his career playing for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga in late 2004. During the following 5 seasons he became a prolific goalscorer and international caps soon followed. During his time with the club he managed 63 goals in 120 appearances, better than a goal every other game.
He switched to Bayern Munich for around £25million in May 2009 and so far he has rifled in 29 league goals in 54 games, a ridiculously impressive scoring record!
It has been reported recently however that the strong striker may be on his way out of the Allianz Arena this Summer, and Juventus and Napoli have been viewed as front runners for his signature. Gomez has previously been linked with moves to various clubs in the Premier League as well, Manchester City have been linked with the striker, as have Tottenham. The player himself claimed in January that Chelsea had made a bid for him before they swooped for Fernando Torres.
Upon discussing the Chelsea approach the striker claimed he had no interest in moving however, stating that he was at one of the top clubs in Europe. There is a distinct chance however that Bayern will fail to qualify for the Champions League this Summer and Newcastle are hoping that may tempt the player to move on.
Alan Pardew clearly has the finances to do a deal with the German giants, that is assuming Mike Ashley makes the majority of the Carroll fee available to him. I am almost certain that they could agree a price with the players current side, convincing Gomez that it is a move worth pursuing however I think is the stumbling block. Whilst Newcastle are a big club, should Gomez indicate he is ready to move, there would be some massive sides chasing his signature and whilst the Tyneside team could compete financially I am not sure they could compete in other ways.
If Alan Pardew is resolute in his determination to turn Newcastle into a team challenging higher up the table, then you have to admire his drive and desire. I just feel that this move could be 12 months too early, if the club can bring in some quality players this Summer and maybe qualify for the Europa League at the end of next season then maybe those signs of progress might tempt someone with the ability of Gomez, but at this stage in their development? It seems highly unlike to me!
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